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Fly-half James Hook celebrates Wales' victory over England
Hook showed maturity beyond his years to see Wales to victory
Man-of-the-match James Hook dedicated Saturday's Six Nations win over England to the long-suffering Wales fans.

"The fans have been great and stuck by us so we wanted to get a result for them," said Hook, 21, who scored 22 points in the 27-18 victory in Cardiff.

"Every Welshman gets up for playing against England and we are so pleased to get the result.

"I was disappointed to miss a couple of kicks but I was so glad when the last went over to take us two scores clear."

The victory ensured Wales avoided a Six Nations whitewash and gave under-fire coach Gareth Jenkins his first victory over one of world's top sides after 10 games in charge.

He said: "We are a work in progress, it's our first Six Nations together and it's a tough tournament.

It's great to finish on a high but we have to look at the negatives and analyse them

Wales captain Gareth Thomas

"We've been on the wrong end in four games but we've learned lessons and brought them all to this game.

"We are delighted to end the season with a win. It was a special place here today, that support there helped us to a great result."

Jenkins added: "It means so much in Wales, we've been under pressure and rightly so, but that win is going to do us a lot of good.

"The forwards have been growing through the tournament, I really felt they came of age today and that will be a major boost to their self-confidence.

"The result shows that team has great potential, we can look forward to Australia in May and the build-up to the World Cup."

But Gareth Thomas, who captained the side in Stephen Jones' absence, warned that Wales still had plenty to put right.

"We need to be realistic," he said. "As a nation we'll go crazy after that [win], but as a team and management we need to look back and realise that there have been some really bad times too.

"It's great to finish on a high, but we have to look at the negatives and analyse them."


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